Staying Well with Princeton Benefits, March 2022

March 9, 2022

During National Nutrition Month®, take time to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits that you can follow all year long.

March is also National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This disease is highly preventable and treatable when caught early, so if you are age 45 and over, speak with your doctor about scheduling a screening.  

Taking care of your physical, mental, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this monthly benefits newsletter will make it easy and convenient for you to do just that.

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

My Health Coach

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Your Health Coaches
Join My Health Coach for current nutrition recommendations and explore ways to optimize your food choices while enjoying your favorite traditional foods. Learn how to improve your dietary behaviors with ideas regarding portions, recipe modifications, and goal setting for success.

Thursday, March 24, 11:00–11:45 a.m. 
Register through Zoom

Good nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. And while we may know which foods are good for us—and which ones are not—following a healthy diet can be challenging. Our Health Coaches can provide you with nutrition counseling, along with tips to create a healthy plate.

The My Health Coach Program can help you manage your health with an individualized approach to self-care. The program is free, confidential, and available to you and your eligible dependents. For questions or to set up your first appointment call (866) 237-0973.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

When caught early, colorectal cancer has a 90% survival rate. The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone age 45 and over get an annual preventive screening. A colonoscopy or the Cologuard® test, which is far less invasive, is covered at 100% for members enrolled in a Princeton medical plan starting at age 45. Talk to your primary care doctor about which option is appropriate for you. If you are under 45, or have additional risk factors or symptoms, ask your doctor when you should be screened. Learn more about colorectal cancer, including signs you should not ignore, by visiting the MSK Direct for Princeton website.

Castlight

Castlight, which is available to individuals enrolled in a Princeton medical plan, provides an easy way to locate high-quality providers and estimate personalized costs on future visits. If you need assistance locating a primary care doctor, specialist, or an in-network facility, register or log in to your account.

HealthAdvocate

Did you know Health Advocate can help you understand a medical condition, a treatment plan, locate in-network specialists and facilities, and even make doctor appointments for you?

Learn more about Health Advocate.


MENTAL WELLNESS

Carebridge

Mindful Eating

Does eating in your car, wolfing down lunch at your desk, or snacking while watching TV sound familiar? If so, you're not alone. Between the hectic schedules we keep and the different roles that food plays in our lives, eating mindfully has become challenging for most of us. During this interactive session, learn how mindfulness plays a role in healthy eating habits, while enhancing your physical and emotional well-being.

Tuesday, March 15, noon
Register through Zoom

Carebridge Onsite Counseling Program at the Employee Wellness Center
In-person counseling sessions through Carebridge, Princeton’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), resumed on March 1 at the Employee Wellness Center, located at 350 Alexander Street. Virtual counseling by phone or video are still available. If you would like to speak confidentially with a Carebridge counselor, schedule a free consult on the appointment website.

Be kind to your mind! Discover the ways Carebridge can support you and your family.


FINANCIAL WELLNESS

2022 Annual IRS Contribution Limit for 403(b) Plans

The annual 403(b) contribution limits for 2022 have changed from 2021 and are as follows: If you are under age 50, the annual contribution limit is $20,500. If you are age 50 or older in the calendar year, you may contribute an extra $6,500 “catch-up” contribution, for a total annual contribution limit of $27,000.

CAPTRUST

CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants with timely, relevant, and actionable content to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting virtual and phone consultations on Wednesday, March 16.

Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.

To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948. For more information, including articles, videos, and other valuable resources, visit the CAPTRUST website.

TIAA

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Navigating Market Volatility During the Russia/Ukraine Conflict.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA offers individual retirement counseling sessions, either online or by phone, which provide in-depth planning assistance. To schedule an appointment, register online.

Isles

Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt.

They are also a HUD-Certified housing counseling agency that can assist homeowners in applying for funding under the NJ ERMA (Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance) program which helps homeowners who have fallen behind with payments due to COVID-19. Contact Isles at homehelp@isles.org or call (609) 341-4783.

Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 


The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander

Whatever challenges you’re facing, help is available. Get more details on the HR website.


Questions?

For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or benefits@princeton.edu. For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.